By Tad Gage
If you weren’t scared off by the first part of this article, and you’ve decided to set aside some cigars for your aging experiments, here are some things to keep in mind. A lighter, milder or more nuanced cigar will more quickly lose intensity and complexity than a robust, full-bodied cigar. All tobacco softens in character with age, so a mild cigar won’t develop more body, nor will a full-bodied stogie become more intense. They’ll all decline in intensity over time because of exposure to air.
Pipe tobaccos, which are frequently sealed in air-tight tins that eliminate air exchange, can age happily for years or even decades. Most of us can’t store cigars in an airtight environment, although an interesting experiment would be to vacuum seal cigars in a food storage unit and see what happens. The downside of this would be the potentially detrimental effects of depriving the cigars of air and moisture for a long period.
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